Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Royal Companion by Tanya Bird

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Author Tanya Bird
Title The Royal Companion
Series The Companion #1
Published March 22nd 2017
Genre high-fantasy, romance

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Set in high-fantasy world, where noble men can buy women as companion, use them for as long as they please and the resell them, we follow story Aldara. Aldara was sold by her mother to the prince, next in line for the throne. He bought her as a gift for his brother, who was busy fighting in a war.

Aldara has a great character and it doesn't come easy for her to fall in line with what she is suppose to be. She struggles a lot with her role, but somehow still manages to stay true to herself in small way. Her voice wasn't always clear, though. She was like two very different people at times, rebellious with a back bone or totally compliant.

Tyron was very reluctant to take as a companion. They very slowly build friendship and after tragic event, that grows into something more like a relationship.

I love reading about their dynamics, it wasn't that much of a sex exchange, but acted like a real couple. It's very interesting to read about entirely different world, even if the dynamics are hard to swallow. It's basically a love story, that is set in very difficult world and time.

It made me think a lot about feminism and gender equality. OK, I have to admit, that there were some eye-rolling moments, but for the most parts, I enjoyed reading it.

Happy reading,

Anie

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Set in Stone by Natalie Williamson

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Author Natalie Williamson
Title Set in Stone
Published July 2019 by Swoon Reads
Genre ya, romance

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Amber lives by set of strict rules, that make a life a bit easier. Her mother jumps from guy to guy. She made the rules, with help of her best friend, to not attached and be hurt, when mother decides to move on again.

Now they moved in with her last boyfriend Kevin. He has a daughter Cammie, that is a bit younger than her. And Cammie's best friend Jordan is the basketball star, who need a bit of help with writing assignments from Amber. 

Despite all of her rules, for not getting attaches, she grows closer to Jordan with every week and form friendship with Cammie (very slowly :) ). Lines she draws for herself are getting blurry and the rules that prevent her from attaching to anyone are making her life a lot harder right now. It might be time for a change. :)

It's such a sweet story, easy read that is perfect for summer months. :)

Happy reading,

Anie

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Preordained by David L. Wallace

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Author David L Wallace
Title Preordained
Genre mystery
Number of pages 385
Published April 13th 2018

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Received from Bewitching Book Tours

Synopsis


Art Somers is a detective in close-knit Murrell's Inlet, S.C., a small-town, coastal community with deeply held spiritual and supernatural belief systems. A serial killer has shattered his peaceful existence by abducting multiple twelve-year-old boys within his county. Young thugs, backwater drug dealers and the occasional murderer are the most Art’s had to deal with, but now he must apprehend a predator who FBI profilers can’t find.


He discovers he has a tie by blood to the case and uncovers evidence that calls into question his long held spiritual and supernatural beliefs. Abraham, the father of faith, had to choose to either sacrifice his son or disobey a direct order from God. Art must now make a choice - sacrifice his soul to save his son.

Review


Preordained is a mystery novel with supernatural twist to it. There is a serial killer, gruesomely killing 12 year old boys. 


I love the mystery of it, slowly uncovering what was going on and all the pieces slowly fitting together, it kept me reading all night long. :) Best part was the supernatural aspect of it. I loved the way it was woven into the story. What I didn't like was the romance, especially his fiance, she was just... something else. :) 


Happy reading,


Anie





Friday, April 13, 2018

Hocking Hills by Doreen McMillan

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Author Doreen McMillan
Title Hocking Hills
Published March 15th 2018
Genre mystery, romance


Received from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for honest review

Synopsis

For eighteen-year-old Emily Barnes, feeling as if she did not belong was something she had grown accustomed to. That’s why it was easy for her to make the decision to go to Hocking Hills with barely enough money in her pocket after receiving the original copy of her birth certificate.

While on her quest to find answers, she meets deputy Dylan McKenna whose gorgeous—but watchful—dark blue eyes makes her regret an act of theft she foolishly commits. Emily can’t seem to fight the attraction even though he is completely wrong for her…or rather, she is completely wrong for him. 

But when Emily soon discovers that she has inherited an unusual ability, her search for answers becomes abundantly clear. There is someone in Hocking County who wants something Emily has. Something so rare they’re willing to kill for it…

Review

I like reading mystery books from time to time. And from what I’ve read, the stories usually go two ways, either there is some amazing mystery, slowly revealed, keeping me glued to page, or I’m at total loss what is even going on.

This one is a bit of both :) First half of the book was 3 star story, I was lost at times and wasn’t sure what was even the plot. However, I still wanted to figure out what was happening. Now the other half is the total opposite. Full on 5 stars.:) So despite the very slow start I ended up enjoying the book. :)

Emily was adopted as a baby and put back in the system when her adoptive mother dies. Now she is 18 and want to find the truth about her birth parents. She has one envelope she received on her birthday to go for. It leads her to the small town, where the truth will slowly trickled forward.

My favourite part was the supernatural aspect, I love reading about psychics and visions and anything in that lane. I have to say, I wished there was more about it, though.

The twists toward the end threw me completely and were totally unexpected. :) I loved how the story ended and on the other hand I wanted the for the book to be a bit longer. :)


Happy reading,

Anie


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Reconnected by Catherine Tinker

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Author Catherine Tinker
Title Reconnected
Genre ya, contemporary, romance

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Another great Swoonreads find. :) I've read the draft (not sure what you call it :) ) on the site and I absolutely loved it. Can't wait to read the finished version. :)

So... Anne used to be really into online gaming. She and Freddie meet online and became best friends, even tough they never saw each other in person. When she was forced to severe all connection, the friendship feel apart. And now many years later he in her town for the summer. She recognize him, but he has no idea. :)) The story made me so nostalgic, because it's very similar to the way I meat my BFF. 

It was just a pleasure to read. The writing is great, so are the characters. Such a feel-good story. :)

This is just the kind of story I LOOVE to read. 

Highly recommend it!!

Happy reading,

Anie

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Harshville by Olivia Wildenstein

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Author Olivia Wildenstein
Title Harshville
Genre contemporary, romance, music

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So I've recently tried new site Swoonreads and was pleasantly surprised. It just really good concept. You can read drafts of the books, comment whilst you're reading and make suggestions. It feels like you are part of the process. :)

I expected the books would be... well not good. I couldn't be more wrong. The first one I've read was Harshville and I totally loved it. :) The writing is amazing. I was pulled in totally from the first page. I love the story and he message. It's one of those stories that you think about time and time again.

So Harshville is a story of friendship, love, family, fame and secrets... so many secrets. Angie is in high school, she want to be a singer one day so when her favourite singer launches a singing competition she jumps at the chance, only her mother forbids her. :)

I absolutely love friendships in the story, the love the trust, it's just... so hearth warming. And what the characters are put through a lot...

Not all is at it seems, everyone is lying, and everyone has a secret. :)

Loved it and highly recommend it!

Happy reading,

Anie

Friday, April 6, 2018

Voltron Legendary Defender Vol.2

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Authors Tim Hedrick, Mitch Iverson, Jung Yoo and Ji-in Choi (illustrator)
Title Voltron Legendary Defender Vol.2 #1
Series Voltron: Legendary Defender
Genre comics
Published October 4th 2017 by Lion ForgeComics

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Received from NetGalley

I love the art work, its very detailed and ... amazing. I like the story line, however, I had a hard time getting into it and connecting to it. Even found myself skimming through the pages. Not my favourite one.

Happy reading,

Anie


The Royal Companion by Tanya Bird

Rating 💚 💚 💚 💚 Author Tanya Bird Title The Royal Companion Series The Companion #1 Published March 22nd 2017 Genre high-fantasy,...